"Break Free (feat. Zedd)" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Clean, catchy dance/pop song for strong, independent girls.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Grande powerfully sings, "I only want to die alive / Never by the hands of a broken heart / Don't want to hear you lie tonight" and "I'm stronger than I've been before." She won't let a broken heart keep her down.

Positive role models

Grande sings about breaking free from a former flame and celebrates her independence with lyrics such as "This is the part when I say I don't want ya / I'm stronger than I've been before / This is the part where I break free."​ Ariana Grande is both a successful Nickelodeon star and a pop sensation who isn't afraid to experiment with different musical genres. She's worked with plenty of big-name artists such as Iggy Azalea, Mac Miller, and, on this single, Zedd. Her full-length album also features collaborations with Big Sean, Childish Gambino, and ASAP Ferg. 

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
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Language

One use of "hell."

Consumerism

The lyrics video, which premiered on MTV's "Total Ariana Live," features a space theme heavily influenced by Star Wars' iconic scrolling text and Barbarella.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Break Free (feat. Zedd)" is a clean and catchy dance/pop track from Ariana Grande about a young woman who won't let heartbreak prevent her from being strong and independent. The lyrics music video is definitely a treat for Star Wars fans, as it features the iconic scrolling text beginning with "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away." There is no iffy content except for one use of "hell."

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What's the story?

BREAK FREE (FEAT. ZEDD) is the second single from Ariana Grande's 2014 album My Everything. The song premiered on a special one-day revival of the MTV show Total Request Live called "Total Ariana Live." Grande has stated that the "Break Free" music video was inspired by her love of science fiction including Star Wars and Jane Fonda's sci-fi film Barbarella.

Is it any good?

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Teaming up with popular EDM DJ and producer Zedd was a smart move for Ariana Grande and her meteoric rise as a pop star. Her powerful Mariah Carey-like vocals shine just as much on this catchy dance track as they do on her old-school R&B songs. Although this tune isn't as memorable as Zedd's previous radio-ready hits such as "Clarity" and "Stay the Night," its pulsating beats and positive messages may be enough for "Break Free" to become Grande's next big summer jam.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Ariana Grande's popularity. Why do you think she's become so successful?

  • Ariana Grande's signature sound is old-school R&B. Do you think she will continue to have success within the EDM genre? What other musical genres would you like to hear from her?

  • How does "Break Free" compare to "Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea)"? Which song do you like better?

Music details

Artist:Ariana Grande
Release date:July 2, 2014
Type:Single
Label:Republic Records
Genre:Dance/pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written byM&M1995 August 22, 2014
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Ariana Grande's new single is futuristic fantastic.

With a little help from the DJ by the name of Zedd, Ariana Grande unleashes a mega dance track with powerful beats and an addictive, pop-inspired chorus. Once again, Ariana proves that she is simply amazing at what she does. "Break Free" is a departure from Ariana's typical style of music, but she makes it seem like she is a veteran of electronic dance music with this single. The song is about a failed relationship and how Ariana is ready to "break free" and be liberated. She sings: "This is the part when I say I don't want ya. I'm stronger than I've been before. This is the part when I break free. 'Cause I can't resist it no more." She uses the word "hell" once in the following context: "On the highway to hell, yeah." The music video sees a futuristic-looking Ariana Grande dancing and spinning around.
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 12 years old August 16, 2014
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pop trash

I think this song is terrible and the video contains a girl who looks about twelve trying to be sexy its plain weird
What other families should know
Too much sex
Adult Written byjoshuamillage24 March 2, 2015
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7
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Ariana Grande - Break Free

I am obsessed with Ariana grande and this song isn't a bad song. In the song it says hell but it just saying on the road through bad times. The song is bacicaly about breaking free from a bad situation
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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